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Shropshire Canal

Description of Shropshire Canal: Oringinally a 7.75 mile tub boat canal with a 2.75 mile branch to Coalbrookdale. Long abandoned but some parts are still in water, notably at the Blist Hill Museum near Ironbridge. The tub boats that used the canal were 20 feet by 6 feet 4 inches.

History of Shropshire Canal: Authorised by an act of 1788 and completed in 1792. Part of it (from the bottom of Wrockwardine Wood inclined plane to the bottom of Windmill inclined plane was abandoned in 1857 and the rest in two stages in 1913 and 1944.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of Shropshire Canal: The canal had no locks but had three inclined planes which took the boats down a slope on rails. The Hay inclined plane can be seen at Blist Hill Museum.

 

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